The ever-rising cost of college is looking more and more like a lifetime investment, and one that doesn’t always pay off in the same way.
According to the College Board, the average published tuition and fees now total more than $9,400 a year for in-state students enrolled at public 4-year colleges and universities. The annual average for full-time students at private nonprofit colleges and universities is a steep $32,405.
Given the high costs and the potentially long shadow of student loans, it’s no wonder that students have become choosier about their bachelor’s degrees and majors.
A 2015 study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce on the economic value of college majors found that majors, ranging from technology to teaching, play a large role in determining annual earnings after college. The study, using U.S. Census Bureau data, analyzed wages for college majors, grouped into 5 categories.
So, here are the best and worst categories of bachelor’s degrees for the money, according to Georgetown’s study and college career center experts.